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Special Track of the
33rd ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC2018)
April 9 - 13, 2018
Pau, France




Call for Papers


Nowadays, most aspects of our daily life are affected by pervasive technology, consisting of massive numbers of heterogeneous components (e.g., devices, software applications, smart objects), featuring complex interactions among them and, possibly, with humans.

These complex systems are typically referred to as Collective Adaptive Systems (CAS). Such systems have to be equipped with dynamic and autonomous adaptation capabilities, to deal with changes in their working environments and within themselves. CAS are also collective systems as they involve huge collections of cooperating components, trading off individual tasks with overall system goals.

The development of CAS is closely related to other contemporary software engineering approaches, such as self-adaptive systems, component-based systems, service-based systems, middleware platforms, as well as other areas of Computer Science, such as Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Agent-based Programming, Pervasive Computing, Internet of Things, and Autonomic Computing.

This track aims to provide them with a common forum for discussing their different viewpoints and for sharing ideas. On this very subject, the aim is to attract relevant and consistent contributions from many different research communities.

The Special Track on Collective Adaptive Systems deliberately takes a broad view of what CAS are and how they should be designed, analysed, implemented and deployed. In particular, of interest to the track are both foundational views (e.g., theories, methods, formalisms, models) and practical aspects (e.g., development methodologies, programming languages, middleware, development and runtime environments, tools). Moreover, also applications of CAS solutions to real-world case studies are welcomed.

Major topics of interest this year will include the following:
  • Novel models, languages, programming and implementation techniques for CAS
  • Formal aspects for CAS
  • Self-* and emerging properties of CAS
  • Middleware platforms for CAS
  • Knowledge Management and Decision Process Support for CAS
  • Context-aware and adaptive management for CAS
  • Domain-specific Modeling and Languages for CAS
  • Maintenance and evolution for CAS
  • Software architectures and software engineering techniques for CAS
  • Reverse engineering and re-engineering for CAS
  • Testing, verification, and validation for CAS
  • Security, trust and privacy management for CAS
  • CAS emerging technologies and infrastructures: IoT and Cloud
  • Scenarios, case studies and experience reports of CAS


  • Sept 15, 2017: Papers and SRC research abstracts submission
  • Sept 25, 2017: Papers and SRC research abstracts submission (EXTENDED)
  • Nov 10, 2017: Author notification
  • Dec 25, 2017: Camera-Ready copy
  • Dec 10, 2017: Author registration


Maurice H. ter Beek
email: maurice.terbeek _AT_ isti.cnr.it
Barbara Re
Università di Camerino, Italy
email: barbara.re _AT_ unicam.it
Mirko Viroli
Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Italy
email: mirko.viroli _AT_ unibo.it


Vasilios Andrikopoulos, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Jacob Beal, BBN Technologies, USA
Antonio Bucchiarone, FBK-IRST, Italy
Siobhan Clarke, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Daniel Coore, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Ferruccio Damiani, University of Torino, Italy
Rocco De Nicola, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, University of Geneve, Switzerland
Simon Dobson, University of St Andrews, UK
Schahram Dustdar, TU Wien, Austria
Kurt Geihs, University of Kassel, Germany
Jane Hillston, University of Edinburgh, UK
Hung La, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Peter Lewis, Aston University, UK
Alberto Lluch Lafuente, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Michele Loreti, University of Florence, Italy
Danilo Pianini, University of Bologna, Italy
Francesco Tiezzi, University of Camerino, Italy
Martin Wirsing, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany


Papers accepted for the Special Track on Collective Adaptive Systems will be published by ACM both in the SAC 2018 proceedings and in the Digital Library.


All papers should represent original and previously unpublished works that currently are not under review in any conference or journal.

The author(s) name(s) and address(es) must NOT appear in the body of the paper, and self-reference should be in the third person. This is to facilitate blind review. Only the title should be shown at the first page without the authors' information.

Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the paper/poster in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper: This is a requirement for the paper/poster to be included in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show of scheduled papers and posters will result in excluding them from the ACM/IEEE digital library.

Submission is entirely automated via the STAR Submission System, which is available from:


Papers that received high reviews (that is acceptable by reviewer standards) but were not accepted due to space limitation can be invited for the poster session. Poster should be not longer than 3 pages (included in the registration) plus 1 extra page (at extra charge), i.e. total 4 pages maximum. The poster session procedures and details will be posted on SAC 2018 website as soon as they become available.


Graduate students are invited to submit Student Research Competition (SRC) abstracts (maximum of 2 pages in ACM camera-ready format) following the instructions published at SAC 2018 website. Submission of the same abstract to multiple tracks is not allowed. All research abstract submissions will be reviewed by researchers and practitioners with expertise in the track focus area to which they are submitted. Authors of selected abstracts (up to 20 students) will have the opportunity to give poster and oral presentations of their work and compete for three top-winning places. The winners will receive medals, cash awards, and SIGAPP recognition certificates during the conference banquet. Invited students receive SRC travel support (US$500) and are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student Travel Award Program (STAP) for additional travel support.